Town council seeks say in Trop decisions

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 July 2011

Pictures from inside the Tropicana with councillers  and press looking around.; 21-12-04

Pictures from inside the Tropicana with councillers and press looking around.; 21-12-04

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WESTON'S town council is bidding to have more of a say in decisions about the Tropicana.

A proposal put forward by Weston Town Council’s Liberal Democrats, which proposed that the authority should look to become more active alongside North Somerset Council’s working group, was accepted on Monday.

At the meeting of the full council, councillors debated the four point proposal made by Councillor Mike Bell, and saw it accepted by members after a heated debate.

As part of the proposal, the council would note the creation of the working party to consider options for the future of the site, ‘express its desire’ to become involved in discussions about the future of the disused site and ask the town clerk to offer the authority’s support to North Somerset Council.

The proposal may also see direct involvement from town councillors in the working group, although several current members represent both the district and the town.

A fourth point in the proposal, stating the council’s willingness to consider all proposals with regard to the site, was amended to withdraw any mention of revenue or capital contribution by the authority at the request of council leader Cllr Keith Morris.

Cllr Bell said: “I think that we can build a solution built around having a swimming pool built on the site, hopefully done with North Somerset Council and the town council working together.”

But Cllr Morris said: “I would love to see a Tropicana, and I would love to see a swimming pool, but there’s no way this town council has anywhere near the budget to do what has been proposed in the fourth part of this proposal.”

Cllr Mark Canniford said: “The people of Weston expect us to be involved in this. We represent Weston - it’s our Trop rather than theirs, we need to have a say on what is going to happen to it.”

When debating the fourth point of the proposal, Cllr Lisa Pilgrim said: “What we are suggesting here could raise peoples’ hopes as to what we might be funding.”

Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson is now set to formally offer the council’s support to North Somerset Council, ahead of any proposed agreement on the working group between the authorities.

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